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Friday, October 24, 2014

Quotes of the day... 10/24/14

I don't judge people.
It blurs out the center of my attention,
my focus, 
myself.
     ~ Toba Beta 

Judgment is a negative frequency.
     ~ Stephen Richards 

To protect themselves, 
the weak focus on the "bad" in people. 
Conversely, the strong, who fear little, 
focus on the "good".
     ~ Iimani David 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A good habit to help balance your hormones. ~ Kristin Savory, via Elephant Journal

When the “h-word” (hormones) comes up, it’s really tempting to put all the attention on the thyroid gland.

Some may say the thyroid’s a super star of sorts when it comes to the endocrine system for two reasons:

#1. It’s easy to test. By test, I mean that blood tests are routinely used to check thyroid status even if they’re not foolproof.

#2. It’s easy to treat. There are meds that are easily prescribed to deal with thyroid concerns even though the meds might not be the answer for you.

Even with this sort of “star power” the thyroid is not your endocrine system.
Ahem—did you get that?

Your thyroid is not your endocrine system.

In fact, there are eight glands that make-up your endocrine system—four of these are the big players.

I call them the four corners of your Endocrine House.

They are the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals and the ovaries in childbearing women or the pancreas in menopausal ladies.

If you want to be the master of your “Endocrine House”, then all four of these glands need to be communicating in a healthy way. In particular, the relationship between the adrenal glands and thyroid is muy importante (note: too much cortisol depresses thyroid function in a snap).

Over the course of the last 13 years, I’ve come up with one simple habit that can make all the difference in your hormones.

Get your legs up the wall.

Getting your legs up the wall has many benefits:

#1. Calms the mind (Can I have an hallelujah?).

#2. Adrenals have the chance to rest and recalibrate so that they can communicate with your thyroid gland better (muy importante, remember?)

#3. Takes pressure off the venous return (that’s fancy speak for it helps varicose veins—high five!

#4. The heart has to pump stronger to get the blood back up the legs (so you’re sort of exercising while you’re resting—very cool!).

This is not one of those it-sounds-too-good-to-be-true tips. Trust me—it works.

Here’s what to do:

Set the stage: Make sure that you’re in a quiet place and you’ve got at least 10 minutes. You’re going to want to be able to close your eyes and deeply relax.

Legs up the wall doesn’t have the same effect if you’re chatting away on the phone or flipping through messages.

Step 1: Lay on your back with your hips about six to 12 inches away from the wall. Tip: bend your knees and put your feet on the wall. If your thighs are at a right angle to your back, then your hips will be the perfect distance from the wall.

Step 2: Straighten your legs up the wall, so that your heels are making contact. Keep your knees straight and your legs relaxed.

Step 3: Place a pillow under your head. You should feel really comfy here.

Step 4: Close your eyes and breathe. Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart.

Step 5: Bring your awareness to your breath. Inhale for a count of two and exhale for a count of four.

Step 6: “Hang out” here with your eyes closed for 10 minutes. Breathe in the adrenal love.

Psssst, if you like it—pass it on.

New Moon, Solar Eclipse in Scorpio Tomorrow, October 23, 2014

A Partial SOLAR ECLIPSE / NEW MOON in Scorpio is here on October 23rd 2014. It is at zero degrees Scorpio thus signaling a time of completion and initiation. Scorpio is keen about seeing the truth and if we can be truthful with ourselves about really seeing and releasing our the karmic loops, we have great opportunity to complete some aspect of our lives and begin a new phase. Relationships with others and with Self have great potential for expansion and for breakthrough.  ~ Mystic Mama

Quotes of the day... 10/23/14

Nothing is more important 
than reconnecting with your bliss. 
Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.  
     ~Deepak Chopra

The wise swim in a river
of chance and coincidence,
clinging to the happiest happenings,
letting the rest float by.
     ~adapted, David Wroblewski

Never be so focused
on what you're looking for
that you overlook
the thing you actually find.
     ~ Ann Patchett

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Moon, Solar Eclipse in Scorpio Tomorrow, October 23, 2014 ~ Holly Gill

New Beginnings, Seeking Truth and Reclaiming Your Power!

New Moons signify new beginnings and fresh starts. This New Moon, Solar Eclipse falls under the sign of Scorpio which is a very deep, sensitive and intuitive water sign. 

This New Moon energy focuses on finding the truth, and doing what you can to find it. It also brings emotions to the surface and will bring in a cleansing and clearing energy so we can let go of the past.

Are you being true to yourself? Are others being true to you? 

The Scorpio Moon will help you to see clearly so you can make changes in your life.

Quotes of the day... 10/22/14

You never know what worse luck 
your bad luck has saved you from, 
or what good luck your bad luck 
will lead you to.
     ~adapted, Cormac McCarthy

I became aware of the predaceous sequence 
of chance events, the world's tenderness, 
the profound beneficence of all that surrounded me, 
the blissful bond between me and all of creation, 
if only I would let go and allow the gift
that is bestowed upon us. 
     ~adapted, Vladimir Nabokov

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quotes of the day... 10/21/14

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. 
When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, 
because if you do you will sink and drown. 
Instead you relax, and float.
     ~ Alan Wilson Watts

Your indirect, oblique side knows…
 it will take you where you need to go, 
but more important it will teach you 
a kindness of rhythm in your journey.
     ~ John O'Donohue,

As soon as you trust yourself, 
you will know how to live.
     ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Monday, October 20, 2014

Quotes of the day... 10/20/14

You can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path. 
     ~ Steve Jobs

What do you desire? 
     ~ Alan Watts

Everything you are going through 
is preparing you for what you asked for. 
     ~ Alana Jayze

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Science of Miracles - No Longer Optional? ~ by, Deepak Chopra

"For most people, miracles are something left behind in childhood. They require innocent belief, not adult rationality. The camp of vocal skeptics and atheists provide a crossroads, in fact, where one way leads to irrationality, the other to rationality, as if this definitively defines where the truth lies. If you don’t take the way of rationality, you will wind up in the realm of superstition, primitive myths, magical thinking, and bogus miracles.

Why, then, did Einstein make his famous remark that either nothing is a miracle or everything is a miracle? Because he saw deeper into reality than the simplistic either/or of skeptics and atheists. As we saw in Part 1 of this series, there is no credible scientific theory that describes how the mind interfaces with reality. This means that there is no theory that proves the existence of miracles or disproves it. Until we can fully explain consciousness, we can't fully explain the events that occur in consciousness.

It sounds startling, but science can't explain ordinary experiences, much less supernatural experiences. No one knows how thoughts arise, why intuition exists, where creativity comes form, or most important of all, how the porridgy gray matter of the brain, which is totally dark and silent, produces the sights and sounds of the three-dimensional world. The simplest and most profound miracle that everyone encounters every day is this miracle.

So, if everyday sights and sounds are totally inexplicable, the possibility of miracles can't be dismissed. That's different, however, from saying that they do exist. What kind of reality would allow for them? One that is both ancient and cutting edge. In the ancient Vedanta of India, the physical world was seen as a projection of consciousness. This is also the best explanation that modern scientific thinking has proposed, although Vedanta is a fully formed view of reality while scientific theories about consciousness are still tentative and speculative.

What binds the two is this: The universe is being created beyond spacetime. This act of creation is going on right this minute. Vedanta says that you and I are part of the creative process. We are more than the body and mind that has emerged into the three-dimensional world. Our source is beyond spacetime, in the realm of pure consciousness. There would be no body, mind, or world for any of us if we weren't connected to the source.

Miracles, then, are events that exist closer to the source than events we tag as normal and natural. Science gets us closer to the source all the time, which is why yesterday's miracles routinely turn into today's technology--someone had to dive deeper into the nature of reality to create transistors, airplane travel, television and radio. With current experiments in reverse causation, nonlocality, and antigravity, there's every likelihood that so-called paranormal experiences will become normal in the future.

Ancient sages got close to the source in a way different from science. They did it through consciousness. Shifting reality through consciousness is called a miracle if someone appears in two places at once. Yet every time you have a thought, the electrical and chemical activity in your brain shifts, which amounts to the same thing. In meditation a person transcends the superficial activity of the mind to go deeper, and according to the world's wisdom traditions, this journey toward the source has no limits--you can transcend the physical universe completely.

At that point reality shifts completely at the same time, for unknown to us in our everyday lives, the body, mind, and world are products of our state of awareness. The reason that Vedanta calls the everyday world a dream or illusion is that once you get to the source, you find that you change any aspect of reality as easily as in a dream. You have reached the womb of creation. There is no longer any doubt that you exist beyond spacetime--and always have.

This truth was self-evident in the experiences of the sages of Vedanta. God consciousness is human consciousness that has arrived at the source. In God consciousness you don't become the God of religion, whose identity is clouded by centuries of dogma and belief. In a sense, God consciousness has nothing to do with that God. It's actually a creative state that operates from the source.

Let's accept, then, that it's possible for miracles to exist. Proving it leads in two directions. Either you accumulate enough data through scientific means that no doubt remains about miraculous occurrences, or you take the journey personally to discover if God consciousness is real. That's the actual fork in the road, not the rational/irrational fork of skeptics and atheists. Future science will have to explain consciousness in order to understand the universe; there's no escaping the challenge. So it may turn out that either road, scientific or personal, will arrive at the same destination."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Quotes of the day... 10/17/14

See yourself in every person, place and thing, 
and all will be well in your world. 
     ~adapted, Louise Hay 

Every single person has at least one secret 
that would break your heart. 
     ~ Frank Warren

You cannot do a kindness too soon, 
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
     ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson